Shimla theatre proves popular destination for weekend getaways
Posted on Thursday 08 July 2010
in India, Delhi
Indian travelers head out on weekend getaways for any number of reasons.
Perhaps there is a family gathering in Delhi or an interesting
concert in Goa, but whatever the reason, travelers have much to see
and do in their own back yards. Those travelers hoping to explore a
little bit of local culture might consider exploring the city of
Shimla, a site that hosts a famed cultural theater that the India
Travel times claims to be a must-see in the region.
The Gaiety Theatre is a relic from the times of British
Imperialism. Built in 1889, the Victorian gothic theater was
envisioned as a replica of London's Royal Albert Hall. Needless to
say, the distinctly European building stands out among the city,
earning the theater wide praise for its unique and marvelous
Thanks to the Language and Cultural Department of Himachal Pradesh,
the building - which has hosted international talents like Prithvi
Raj Kapoor, Naseerudin Shah Jennifer Kendall and Rudyard Kipling -
has been completely restored and reopened for the public.
Local officials were excited about the newly renovated
"The government of Himachal Pradesh is very pleased to open [the
theatre] to the public because the tourists coming from [the]
international sector [have] a keen interest to see such a theatre,"
Prem Sharma, the director of the Language and Culture Department,
told the news provider. "When they find the great architectural
work and workmanship on this particular building, they are very
happy to see it."
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